TWO major announcements were made this morning! Please know that Stampin’ Up! always strives for high quality products so I believe these changes will be good for all of us!
Big Shot: Before I begin with this announcement please know that die- cutting is not going away, it’s just being improved! Whew!!!
Stampin’ Up! is making some big changes to their die-cutting and embossing product line. They are transitioning to a direct-to-manufacturer relationship. This will allow them to work directly with the factories who manufacture their dies and folders instead of working with another company who then works with different factories. This gives them greater control and potential in the manufacturing process. Unfortunately there have been some challenges and setbacks along the way and because of this, a die-cutting & embossing machine will not be offered in the 2019–2020 annual catalog.
The good news is that they will still be offering new dies and embossing folders in the 2019–2020 annual catalog. They will be using the new supplier and because of this, new dies and folders will be manufactured differently; this means the way you use the new style of dies and folders will be a little different than how you used the old style. Both the new-style and old-style dies and embossing folders can work with any die-cutting & embossing machine (in some cases, adaptations like shims may be required because the gap between rollers on machines may vary slightly between manufacturers).
The retiring list will be coming out on June 15th so we don’t know yet what dies & folders are not returning (myself included). If there are any dies or folders you have been considering purchasing, I would do it now! Starting with the new catalog, all NEW dies and folders will be in the new style. Inventory on some CURRENT dies may be depleted before the end of the Occasions & Annual Catalog sales periods and if they are on the retiring list, they will be while supplies last. In items carrying over to the new catalog, there may be an interruption period with the dies and folders as they transition to the new supplier.
Stampin’ Trimmer: The Stampin’ Trimmer, including all accessories—replacement cutting blades, scoring blades, and cutting mats, will be retiring. Stampin’ Up! has experienced challenges with their supplier and are taking this opportunity to research and explore a replacement option for a trimmer, which will not be the same as the current Stampin’ Trimmer. There will be a gap in time between when the current Stampin’ Trimmer retires and when a new product becomes available. They do not yet have an estimated timeframe as to when a new trimmer will be available but when I receive more information, I will pass it on to you.
While the replacement cutting blades will also retire with the trimmer and will not be featured in the annual catalog, Stampin’ Up! has ordered what would normally be six months of inventory. But because this product is retiring, stock could be deleted quickly. When the retiring list goes live on April 15, the order limit for the blades will increase from three to six (and the limit will remain at six until they’re no longer available).
If you have any questions, please let me know!